Accelerated master’s degree programs offer undergraduate college students a unique opportunity to earn credits toward a master’s degree while completing their bachelor’s degree. Accelerated degrees are commonly called “4+1 degrees,” which refers to 4 years to complete a bachelor’s degree online and 1 year to complete a master’s degree (instead of the normal 2 years).
An accelerated bachelor’s-to-master’s-degree program has the same number of required credits as a regular bachelor’s degree and master’s program. The difference comes from being able to complete several of your master’s degree courses while you are still completing your undergraduate courses.
Some sectors in the workforce are increasingly requiring a master’s degree, such as nursing and psychology. In order to learn the skills and get the credentials needed to compete in the job market, getting your master’s degree while a bachelor’s student will give you an advantage over others while saving time and money. For example, if you choose the Accelerate Into Master’s (AIM) option for your online BS in Psychology degree and MS in Forensic Psychology degree at Walden University you can add up to five of the following graduate courses as electives to your undergraduate curriculum:
Learn more about Walden's AIM Program
The accelerated online master’s degree program is not for everyone, so you must meet certain criteria to qualify:
Twenty-one online master’s programs participate in Walden’s popular Accelerate Into Master’s (AIM) degree acceleration program:
Get started by choosing one of Walden University’s many master’s programs eligible for AIM. Then visit Walden’s Center for Degree Acceleration and find out if you qualify for additional transferable credits for your work, military, and life experiences that could accelerate your bachelor’s degree. Discover how many ways Walden can help you save time and money while you prepare for a successful future!
Walden University, an accredited institution with online college degree programs, has been serving the higher education needs of adult learners for more than 45 years. Today, students from all 50 U.S. states and more than 150 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees or certificates online at Walden.
Explore Walden University's online accelerated bachelor's-to-master’s-degree programs and change your future faster! Earn your college degrees at a pace that fits your life and schedule.
*National Center for Education Statistics, “Annual Earnings for Young Adults,” on the internet at https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator_cba.asp